Why Vendor Liability is Necessary to Secure Consumer IoT

Presented by

Tatu Ylonen, Founder & SSH Fellow, SSH Communications Security, Inc.

About this talk

We live in an IoT world. Connected devices now include TVs, refrigerators, security systems, phones, music players, smart assistants, DSL modems, cars, and even toothbrushes. Besides privacy and personal security concerns, these devices pose significant risk of cyber attacks. IoT devices have been used in devastating DDoS attacks that have paralyzed key Internet services, emergency services, and heating systems. In addition to run-of-the-mill hackers and hacktivists, they are the first line of attack in any low-to-medium scale cyber conflict between nation states. Vulnerable IoT devices represent a direct threat to safety, life, property, business continuity, and general stability of the society. This talk will discuss the security challenges surrounding IoT devices, and what is needed for a balanced framework that forces vendors to implement a reasonable level of best practice without causing them undue burden and risk. About the Presenter: Tatu Ylonen is a cybersecurity pioneer with over 20 years of experience from the field. He invented SSH (Secure Shell), which is the plumbing used to manage most networks, servers, and data centers and implement automation for cost-effective systems management and file transfers. He is has also written several IETF standards, was the principal author of NIST IR 7966, and holds over 30 US patents - including some on the most widely used technologies in reliable telecommunications networks.

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